The Gardens of De Wiersse

Away from the world, surrounded by its farmland and woods, lies the moated manor house of De Wiersse. With 38 acres of garden and 74 acres of landscape park, the house and its surroundings have been lived in, designed and managed by the family since 1678. In this historic garden a sequence of surprises awaits the visitor – avenues and pergolas, fountains and statues, meadows and formal parterres, bridges over a gently flowing stream and a serpentine tunnel of beech. The moss and ferns beside the paths of the romantic wild garden give way first to a productive kitchen garden and then to the mixed borders, dry stone wall and pergola of the sunken garden. Countless bulbs and spring flowers  are found throughout the garden, naturalised in woodland and meadows: Fritillaries, Crocusses, Species Tulips and many more.

Oxford Companion to the Garden: “One of the best kept estates in the country”

‘Algemeen Dagblad’: (translation): “The most beautiful garden in the Netherlands”

Private guided tours in English can be arranged on any day, also on days when the gardens aren’t open to the public. The pricing of private tours starts at EUR 112,- for a group of up to 15 persons. 

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Casting a spell, 21 January 2015

text: James McGrath; photographs: Marianne Majerus

"Some gardens possess a unique spirit, measured by a careful balance of geography, landscape, layout and plants, but, most importantly, it’s the people who create and inhabit the garden that are intrinsic to its success. In my estimation, no other place achieves the balance of these elements more gracefully than De Wiersse, in the Dutch countryside."

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Making history, May 2015

text: Frank Ronan; photographs: Maayke de Ridder

"The beautiful gardens of De Wiersse are an ever-changing work of art that is fresh and modern while remaining loyal to its heritage" 

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De Wiersse: formal and romantic, March 1992

E.V. Gatacre

"Many foreign influences, from the south of Ireland to the Italian Liguria, have contributed to this garden and park. Yet its natural character and historical continuity have predominated as each successive generation has taken on responsibility for the development of de Wiersse."

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The Spanish Leather Hall

Victor de Stuers (1843-1916) was an avid collector as well as being responsible for building the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. He assembled 17th century elements to furnish the principal room in his house in the Hague. Alice, Victor de Stuers's only child and heir, moved the furnishings of the ‘Spanish Leather Hall’ to the ‘Bouwhuis’ (the coach house) of de Wiersse in 1924.

Groups of between 15 and 35 people can crown their garden visit with a home-cooked lunch or tea in the grand but intimate Spanish Leather Hall .
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